Digital literacy is the knowledge, skills and manner a person uses when operating a broad group of digital devices. These devices can range from anything such as smartphones, tablets, desktops and personal computers. A digitally literate person is a person that has a wide set of digital skills. These skills include things like basic computing skills, knowledge of various digital platforms such as social media sites and other websites, the ability to interact in online communities, to gather and evaluate information, to think critically, and to understand ethical issues that are raised in the digital world, as a result of our ever-growing technologies and innovations.
Digital literacies are crucial to being a competent and successful poster on the internet. In order to make sure your content is well received and respected, you must respect the medium of the internet first yourself, and make sure you are digitally literate in all aspects of your posting. Personally, I think that the digital literacies of being aware and knowledgeable of many different communicational tools, producing content in a ethical and honest way, and the awareness of the power of the platforms we use to post things, as well as our post themselves have are the most important digital literacies to be aware of. I think that every person who posts things to the internet should be well aware of all of these literacies and respect and follow them.
While many people tend to forget about the ethical implications of the things that they post, I think it is very important to remember that every thing that we post has consequences. It is simply wrong to purposefully try to offend or hurt someone with the things that you post.
In my multimedia project, my group members and I strived to be as digitally literate as possible, and to follow all of the literacies that I mentioned above. In our group podcast, my group and I displayed digital literacy by producing content in an ethical and honest way. We did this by creating a podcast that was based on our own original ideas, and by giving the appropriate music credits and interview credits that were due.
In our group video, we also strived to be digitally literate as well. We produced original and ethical work by using our own original ideas and by giving music and interview credits. We also were aware of different communicational tools during this project by using different equipment in our media kits, and by publishing our video to YouTube. I believe we were also digital literate by being mindful of the power of our posts, and making sure that because of this power, we did not post anything that could be considered offensive.
In my personal website, blog and video I strived to be digitally literate as well. I did this by creating original, ethical work by giving music and interview credit, by using different media kit equipment and platforms for posting, and by being aware of the power of my posts.
I have gained skills in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Audacity, WordPress, Wix, and iMovie. I am very grateful to have learned how to use these programs to help further my career by using the website and digital resume I created to show to employers, and possibly even by using these programs in my future careers as well.